This binding has important, rare royal provenance, bearing the central armorial crests of the "Dauphin" (prince), the future king Louis XVI (1754-1793).
It would have been part of the personal bibliotheque of Louis XVI. He had the love of education and study, and was an author himself of several titles. He would have chosen his volumes with care and consideration. The text is a religious one, and has a three page dedication to Monseigneur Le Dauphin (Louis XVI).
The title page includes the royal arms of France. There are 115 pages of religious poetry followed by 148 pages of music. The text was authored by L'Abbe de Laperouze and was published in 1770 (in Paris, by Saillant & Nyon).
The binding is of red Morocco leather, each cover board bearing the gilt tooled arms of the Dauphin (the fish in two quadrants (for the Dauphin) and three fleur-de-lis (the royal arms of France) in the remaining quadrants. A hand tooled triple gilt filet frame on each cover board is accented by gilt tooled fleurons at the angles. The spine is embellished by hand tooled gilt compartments, six of which are filled with a central acorn-fleur. The gilt tooled title plate is of green Morocco leather.
The end papers are marbled, and the page edges are gilt. There is an ecclesiastical book plate on the front end paper, belonging to the bibliotheque of M. Lemee.
The binding is in sound condition, there is professional restoration to the head and corner, and very light browning to the text. The red Morocco leather has darkened unevenly with age. It measures: 7 3/4" x 5" x 1 1/4".
This is an important and rareexample, this specific volume is listed amongst the bindings belonging to Louis XVI in the reference work of Olivier ("Manuel de l'Amateur de Reliures Armoriees Francaise", 1933, page 2528).
Item ID: LC49
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